"We see and hear what we are open to noticing"
Jerome S. Bernstein, M.A.P.C., NCPsyA., worked as a Jungian Analyst in private practice and a senior analyst on the teaching faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe. For over forty-five years he cultivated a relationship with Native elders, culture, and ceremony; he was a consultant and lobbyist in Washington D.C. for the Navajo Nation, and he helped establish the autonomous Department of Diné Education. Several of his publications focus on healing and treating the current collective dissociation, which is manifest in the global climate change crisis. He is the author of many peer-reviewed publications and several books including Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma and Power and Politics: The Psychology of Soviet-American Partnership.
2016 - 2023:
President of C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Founding president of C. G. Jung Analysts Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area
Vice-president of the C. G. Jung Institute of New York
C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe; International Association for Analytical Psychology; National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis; Pennsylvania Psychological Association; Psychologists for Social Responsibility; Fellow, American Psychotherapy Association; American Psychological Association.
Living in the Borderland addresses the evolution of Western consciousness and describes the emergence of the 'Borderland' -- a spectrum reality that is beyond the rational yet is palpable to an increasing number of individuals. Building on Jungian Theory, Jerome S. Bernstein argues that a greater openness to transrational reality experienced by Borderland personalities allows new possibilities for understanding and healing confounding clinical and developmental enigmas.
While visiting the United States, C. G. Jung visited the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, where he spent several hours with Ochwiay Biano, Mountain Lake, an elder at the Pueblo. This encounter impacted Jung psychologically, emotionally, and intellectually, and had a sustained influence on his theories and understanding of the psyche. Dakota Sioux intellectual and political leader, Vine Deloria Jr., began a close study of the writings of C. G. Jung over two decades ago, but had long been struck by certain affinities and disjunctures between Jungian and Sioux Indian thought. He also noticed that many Jungians were often drawn to Native American traditions. This book, the result of Deloria's investigation of these affinities, is written as a measured comparison between the psychology of C. G. Jung and the philosophical and cultural traditions of the Sioux people. Deloria constructs a fascinating dialogue between the two systems that touches on cosmology, the family, relations with animals, visions, voices, and individuation
This book provides in very practical terms a new way of understanding what was happening in Soviet-American relations in the 1980s. Unlike most psychological writings on the subject, this book examines the collective influences that impelled the superpowers toward conflict and were simultaneously impelling them toward cooperation. It argues that psychology must play a dramatic role in international relations if humanity is to avoid self-annihilation. It is the act of war itself—and not specific conflicts between groups and nations—that is the greatest threat to human survival, and our realization of this fact marks a critical turning point in the evolution of civilization. In documenting this historical evolutionary shift, Jerome Bernstein discusses the role of the hero archetype in the psychology of U.S.-Soviet relations, a redefinition of war and peace in radically new terms, and the dynamic of paranoia as a nonpathological as well as pathological factor in foreign affairs—all of which remains relevant in the 21st century.
This interview with Jungian analyst Jerome Bernstein was recorded in person on Dec. 29, 2017 at his then home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This interview is one of a 12-part series for the Earth, Climate, Dreams Symposium that aired in 2017.
The full title of this discussion is —“The Dominion Psyche, the Reciprocity Psyche, and Borderland Consciousness: The Compensatory Thrust of the Collective Unconscious to Heal the Western Psyche’s Suicidal Split from Wholeness”
This talk , recorded in April, 2017, is about the archetypal roots of the national and global situation that we find ourselves in today.
In B. Bright & J. P. Marshall (Eds.), Earth, Climate, Dreams: Dialogues with depth psychologists in the age of the anthropocene
Jerome S. Bernstein
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